Daily Maverick (Johannesburg)

2 April 2014

South Africa: An Election Gathering Like No Other, Coming Your Way

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You may have noticed we're not big fans of the conventional here at Daily Maverick. So when it comes to putting on conferences, we're quick to dispense with traditional formats and those green-and-white mints you might be getting used to. The Gathering: Election Edition is the meaningful conference of the year, and this is why you need to know about it.

It's kinda sad that our election system doesn't force presidential debates. You know, the kind that Hollywood movies and political careers can be made of. The kind where the entire nation gathers around screens across the country and gets to decide who looks more presidential and whose responses are more representative of the person who will keep the country prosperous, safe and sound for the next few years.

South Africa goes to the national election polls in just over a month, and we pretty much know who our president will be. There will be no electioneering mano-a-mano between political opponents, jousting for the favour of our votes. Just a controlled process of promises made and almost never kept.

So the closest thing we have to a proper debate over the political state of the nation is...

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